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This morning when I woke up, the world outside was covered in fog. It was like a soft white blanket settling over everything, and I could hardly see the trees in my yard. Then I was reading my Bible, and I came to Isaiah 44:22. It said, “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”


As soon as I read those words, my eyes flew to the front window, where white fog still covered the awakening world. I pictured how in a few short hours, the fog would lift and totally disappear. As the sun brightened and warmed the day, there would be nothing left of that fog.


Going back to the Bible verse in front of me, I felt an indescribable peace. How comforting to know that just as the fog would be totally forgotten, so is my sin in God’s eyes. As soon as I repent and seek forgiveness, He wipes my sin away. It’s gone, just like the fog.


For someone who struggles with forgiving myself at times, this was like a soothing balm to my soul. I don’t have to keep reminding myself of my old 

I don’t have to be shackled to shame or regret. Guilt doesn’t have to be part of my vocabulary. God has already swept it all away.


He gave me this gift of forgiveness, and He wants me to fully embrace it. He doesn’t forgive me so that I can keep on feeling bad and beating myself up. No, He wants me to experience freedom. Jesus died and rose again so I wouldn’t be a slave to those things. He is the bright morning sun, sweeping away all remnants of the fog of my sin.


Needless to say, my heart was touched by this lovely illustration this morning. I kind of think God put the fog there just because He knew I would read that verse, and He wanted to make sure it stuck. He’s like that sometimes, giving us little messages He knows we need to hear. Showing His love in the simplest yet most profound ways.


Every morning His mercies are new, and that’s such a wonderful gift. No matter the mistakes we’ve made, no matter the poor choices that haunt us, He is willing to sweep them away. All we have to do is lay them at His feet and seek the gift of forgiveness. What a loving God we have, sisters. Embrace that love today.

Foggy Morning
by Kaelin Scott
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